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ceqa on chestnut street in supervisor's stefani district and you guys tried to paper over that and said that our finding was not adverse to you issuing yet a third categorical exemption. so i stand before you colleagues to say that when there is something in the record where, as mr. williams said, there is something that says it is adverse, that is an impact under ceqa. and for that reason i will be in the minority -- maybe in the majority if i'm lucky -- and i'm going to dissent from the motion that has just been made by my friend and colleague from the district. >> president yee: thank you. any other comments on this motion? so roll call, please. >> on the motion to approve 21 and table 22 and 23.
yee. [calling of vote] peskin no. ronen aye. stefani aye. walton aye. there are 7 ayes. -- there are 8 ayes and two nos with supervisor mar and peskin in the dissent. >> president yee: this motion passes. so, thank you, moving now to consider the conditional use appeal. item 25, 26, 27. consideration of the appeal of the conditional use authorization involves analysis of whether the planning commission's determination to authorize the project was
appropriate. this hearing is a quasi judicial to reverse the planning decision or to authorize conditional use with additional conditions, eight votes of the board are required. do we have a motion? supervisor peskin. -- i believe that the project is not necessarily or desirable or compatible with the surrounding community. and because it impacts on the neighborhood and park use, i've concluded that the size and shape of the building is inconsistent to the general welfare of people living and working in the area. and the mass of the building is not compatible with the scale of the surrounding district, especially the other buildings around the park. the conditional use authorization is not appropriate and i move to table 25 and
approve 26 and 27, which will return the project to planning for further review. >> president yee: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i will concur with supervisor haney on this. and i wanted to say a few things. and i say this as the district 3 supervisor. where the hotel used to stand, and i want to say to the filipino community, the amount of organization you did tonight and leading up to the events tonight, are truly remarkable. i cannot acknowledge that enough. i also want to say to my colleagues, that a number of years ago my then colleague supervisor jake mcgoadic put a charter on the ballot to change
the way the appointments the planning commission went. in the old days, all seven members were appointed by the mayor and they served at the mayor's pleasure. and the impact of proposition d, i think it was, i forget the year, i think it was 2003 or there about was that the president of the board appointed three and the mayor appointed four and all were subject to confirmation by majority for the body. i have to say for all the problems we have with the planning commission, it's a much better body. when i see in instances like this -- by the way i'm not pointing a finger at this room, 200 because of lot of the mayoral appointees were not appointed by this mayor.
but when i see the three members that were appointed by the peoples' body dissenting. and i see the four people that are appointed by the chief executive of san francisco affirming. that is a message to me and this body that it is not necessary. it is not beneficial. and it is not desirable. and to mr. tim colon, let me say this about that. i come from the densest district in san francisco. and there are not many opportunities for development of housing, whether it's market rate housing or affordable housing in the district that i represent unless you displace individuals as was the case in the ihotel in 1978 and 9. but in every instance, the rebuilding of the hotel site, the former freeway parcels at broadway and battery, broadway
and samson, we're going to have a ground breaking next month or the month thereafter at 88 broadway, which, yes, i want to be as supervisor ronen showed us, a temporary navigation center site, but that did not come to pass. i have advocated and succeeded with mayors and board of supervisors in turning those into 100% affordable housing projects. that is the vision for the city and county of san francisco. if you want whole neighborhoods, we do not shadow our parks, we do not evict our people and that is what this appeal is about. i will be voting in the affirmative, although i did not fare well on the last vote, 9-2, on supervisor haney's motion on the conditional use. >> president yee: i need a second on this motion? second by supervisor fewer.
and i will be supporting this motion as i mentioned earlier. i've done this battle before 30 years ago in chinatown. and when the -- we were threatened with shadows and importance of having your sunshine, you can't say enough about that. and the fact is, this is not the place for housing. we're looking at over a thousand units over my district that is going to be 50% affordable. i'm still waiting for them to build their 8,000 units. san francisco state by the way, they're going to increase their capacity from 4,000 to 12,000 in the next few years. i'm looking at projects within my own district in which i'm trying to push the affordable limits. so to me, this is not the only thing in the world if it doesn't happen.
but to me, it's the shadow this is important. if it's important to such a vast number of people from the community, i will be supporting their wishes. so, roll call please. >> clerk: supervisor yee? ee aye. brown aye. supervisor fewer aye. haney aye. mandelman aye. marr aye. peskin aye. ronen aye. stefani aye. walton aye. there are 10 ayes. the motion passes. we have more on our agenda, please. if you would like to leave and
thank the mayor and this board for their leadership on affordable housing crisis. that our city and our state is facing. while the federal government has completely advocated its role and responsibility to address our country's housing needs, it's heartening to know we're united to see the need and taking steps to tackle this problem head-on. as we have discussions around the housing bond, i want to be intentional and mindful about the needs of our residents and how the city is taking those needs into account when designing a housing strategy for the present as well as the future. one of the greatest fastest growing groups in the city are seniors. in fact, in about 10 years, 1 in 5 americans will be older than 65 years old. because of its shrinking ability
of people to adequately save money and lack of affordable housing available, there is increasing wave of people who are aging without sufficient safety net. in the worst cases, we have folks who have worked hard their entire lives, but who are now aging onto the street. in 1990, only 11% of the homeless population nationwide was 50 or older. today, it's 50%. if we want to avoid the human tragedy and cost of having an increasingly frail and aging population on our streets, we need to examine carefully the housing strategies that the city is putting into place now and into the future. we need housing options that address the fact that most seniors are on fixed incomes and that many cannot qualify for
affordable housing, which requires being at or above 55% of the area median income. 55% of ami is $46,600 for a household of one person. the average retiree receives less than $1500 per month in social security benefits. that totals $17,500 annually. even higher earners are running into trouble because of longer unexpected life times and health issues. as well as rapidly growing living costs. without a range of affordable housing options, we know that seniors will spend a high percentage of their limited incomes on housing costs and will forego necessary medical care as well as basic needs such as food. basic needs are compromised so that the housing can be secured.
therefore, i'm calling for a hearing that will focus on asset and to assess the overall housing stock that the city has in its affordable housing portfolio that is available and appropriate for our seniors. that is in the pipeline for the needs that we can see rapidly approaching. and determine if there are gaps that we should be planning to fill. the rest i submit. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor brown. >> supervisor brown: thank you. today, i'd ask that we adjourn the meeting in honor of dr. frederick hubbard, life long leader for civil rights and social justice for african-americans and seniors. after serving in the u.s. air force in korea from 1952-57, dr.
hubbard became engaged in the the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 60s. during that time he joined the democratic national committee where he worked on many successful campaigns to elect several african-americans to office. in 1967, he began his pastoral service at the episcopal church where he served as a minister at seven different churches over the next 50 years. while serving at these churches, the doctor continued in the public service for the california state department of aging. in 1975, he became the first black department head in the county of riverside where he -- when hired to be the head of the county department of aging. in 1998, he was appointed to the position of presiding elder of the bay area city district. after relocating back to san francisco from los angeles in 1980, dr. hubbard began his
service to san francisco in the position of executive director of the western addition senior center. dr. hubbard elevated the center and created a strong community spa space. dr. hubbard dedicated his life to western addition senior citizens and was resolved in his commitment to the senior citizens service center for over 30 years. for his service to san francisco and the nation, i ask that we honor dr. hubbard today. the rest i submit >> thank you. >> supervisor fewer: in late january i introduced with unanimous cosponsorship resolution urging state
legislators to create a pathway for a public banking charter at the state level and lo and behold it happened. thanks to assembly members david chu there is 857 that would do that. i'm introducing legislation to support 857 and i hope you will support me in supporting this resolution and 847, the public banki banking act. i've heard about the spaghetti web of wires on utility poles across the city. whether this is electrical cables, wires and more. to the naked eye, our utility poles are getting increasingly utilized with dropped lines. however, it is not just about
esthetics. today, i'm calling for a hearing to examine practices with regard to installation of new wiring and inspection of abandoned wiring on the poles. i'd like to understand the hierarchy of the wiring on the existing poles and what mechanisms and inspection time lines agencies have in place for ensuring the safety and reliability of these wires. thank you to my cosponsor, supervisor stefani. i have called for a report from the budget and legislative analyst on the possible creation of a rental registry in the city and county of san francisco. it is urgent that the city and the planning department have a pay to clerk the data for planning purposes. when we talk about a housing crisis in san francisco, we need to take into account the number of vacant residential units so
we're not talking about the need for housing in a vacuum without being able to consider the number of units uninhabited. this will require a 7-year lookback at history. the only evidence of residential vacancies are anecdotal at best and there is a need for real data. a rental registry will tell us what is vacant, as well as the amount of units and what they are rented for. we've been working with advocates on this issue and i look forward to working with my colleagues. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor. >> supervisor haney: thank you, madame clerk. i have one hearing i'm calling for which will be the first hearing in our newly formed joint committee with city college and sfusd.
i'm calling this hearing together with supervisor marr on a recent proposal from city college that will make transformation or significant changes to their course offerings. what we know at this stage, due to significant budgets shortfalls, city college has created a plan that will decrease course offerings by one-third by 2025. potentially increase class sizes and lead to more students being in sections offered through the colleges online college, which has a soft launch in october. this is something that will make really significant changes in the experiences of students, the opportunities that are available to them. we have heard from school officials they're not cutting classes, but reallocating resources to make the college sustainable. so our goal is to have a better understanding on what these changes will be. how it will impact the college.
and the different campuses around the city. i have particular questions around some of the impact on courses that are offered at the civic center campus. and it's expected that some of the departments that will be affected include esl, computer science, nursing, hospitality and others. i think the college field they have a very strong reason for this in terms of agenda of addressing equity and doing better by the students that they're serving. so we'll of course be inviting both the college representatives from their leadership as well as faculty and others to hear about their approach and how we can be a part of it as a city. i also have, memoriam. i ask that we adjourn today's
meeting in honor of corrine woods. she was a pillar of the mission bay community. she lived with her husband peter snyder on a floating home in mission creek which she refused to be referred to as a houseboat. she peacefully passed away in that floating home last week with peter by her side. many of you who may have known corrine knew she was a fire cracker, had a very strong personality. and i was very grateful to get to know her. her advocacy roots trace back to her need to improve water quality in mission creek. shortly after she moved to the creek. she decided to do something to improve the water quality for this corner of the city. she went down to city hall and started attending meetings and saw that public engagement can make a difference.
she kept at it and she was a pillar in the area for 35 years. no one can remember when she arrived. it just seemed like she was always there. over the course of her career, she was mission bay's must public advocate. many can speak to how they loved and feared corrine. others describe how corrine always read the report. when she showed up, she showed up ready to engage. and any port commissioner will tell you she was not shy about telling you her opinion or telling you she was wrong. that's also true tore candidates. the bottom line, nothing happened in mission bay without going through corrine. she was generous, tireless, dogged and as we grieve her loss, we find inspiration in her incredible life. it's hard to come up with a complete list of the organizations that corrine touched. here a few. chair of the mission bay advisory committee, mission creek harbor association, san francisco port commission, the
blue greenway, the san francisco giants, central waterfront advisory group, bayview boat club and so much more. corrine, we will miss you and our community will not be the same without you. the rest i submit. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. i'm introducing ordinance to introduce the castro cultural districts. i hope we will soon be adding the castro cultural district to the list. the ordinance is a result of the neighborhood process that began in 2017 when members of the community expressed a desire to ensure that castro's past and present as one of the most neighborhoods in the country be preserved and that a cultural
district be preserved. the castro is a neighborhood with rich, political and historical significance to the lgbtq worldwide. it's been recognized for half a century as a symbol of lgbtq liberation and enclave for lgbtq people to find safety, acceptance and chosen family. the boundaries of the cultural district were determined by a thorough process. that includes the castro and nearby lgbtq communities serving institutions including the lgbtq community center and open house as well as the new home of the san francisco gay men's chorus centre or the arts. following the passage of proposition f and dedicated funding this ordinance will allow the castro to access critical resources to support the institutions around people that -- and people that make the neighborhood the heart of the lgbtq community. many people have been involved in the extensive community
process in the extensive community process to bring this forward. i would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the working group and community stakeholders, terry, jesse, andrea, moises, brad, shaun, jody and rebecca. i'd also like to thank the staff of the historical society and gerard and paul for authoring the historical findings in the ordinance. i want to thank brian and julia from m.o.h.c.d. who worked with the neighborhood and office to bring this forward. and i always want to thank john givener for his help and john in my office on this. there were many cats to be herded and it was quite a project. the rest i submit. >> thank you. supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: submit.
>> supervisor peskin: submit. >> supervisor ronen: can i be after supervisor walton. >> supervisor safai: submit. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madame clerk. close, i want to close the meeting in memory of rabbi lawrence raphael who passed away at his home march 17th of this year. he was a profound leader in the jewish community and served as senior rabbi. he was known as a national leader in reform jewish education. he became israel's 9th rabbi and retired in 2016. originally from los angeles, he served for 30 years as a faculty member and dean. and is director as the department of the public growth for the congregations, now the
union for reform judaism. the rabbi will be missed by the community at congregation, and also our interfaith community here in san francisco. he was noted as inclusive, welcoming, collaborative leader of judaism. his mission was to open doors and hearts of the congregation to create a spiritual home. his message was quoted explaining, you don't have to be jewish to part of the community. i saw that many couples with one jew wanted to be the married in the jewish tradition. i don't know what the jewish future would be out welcoming non-jewish family members. he worked with 53 adults who chose judaism. he created the introduction to judaism class which has since grown into a conversion program with 13 mentors. he also publicly celebrated
those who chose to convert by asking them to share their journeys. he will be known as a champion of building community. he once said, special things happen when people come together face-to-face to worship, study, engage in social action, or have fun together. one of the legacies i would like to have is helping to create an embracing congregation. one of his most noted accomplishments is preserving the building while bring the site into compliance with the city's seismic safety requirements. rabbi raphael led the fundraising efforts. as he once said, congregation is one of the most beautiful spaces in the jewish world. in 2016, he retired in name only. after his retirement he held study classes and leading
services throughout the region. he also served on the board of the san francisco interfaith council while staying involved with the congregation. many will miss his mentorship, care and his ability to connect with each person. he commented upon retirement, i've tried to create a community of meaning here and have been blessed with many people who want to find that for themselves. he is survived by wife terry and children. a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held may 4th. the rest i submit. >> supervisor walton: today, i am happy to announce along with seven of my colleagues, supervisor ronen, haney, fewer, mar, peskin, brown, and safai, that we are proposing an
alternative to juvenile hall that also provides a true opportunity for young people to be rehabilitated. a space with job training, life skills training, mental health support, education connections, non-constitutional focus -- institutional focus and provides a true pathway to success and rehabilitation. juvenile hall has never been set up to do that. all the changes in our lives are a result of mentorship, education exposure, after-school programs and support from community. it has never been because of time spent in juvenile hall. i was incarcerated as a youth and, yes, there are differences in experiences, but there are also lots of similarities between then and now. i have spoken at log cabin ranch for a weekly basis for a good
part of the year. and several times at ygc, our current juvenile justice center. you still have to walk in a line. shoes outside your room. sleep on the concrete slab with a mat. this is all preparation for how to be incarcerated and how to handle punishment. the true prison pipeline -- and we're going to disrupt that. when you introduce legislation i understand it's also important to explain what legislation is and what it isn't. this is not a job-killer. i'm a job creator. and this actually allows for more robust programming and more opportunities for jobs that help our young people become successful. we'll be working with labor, community-based organizations, experts in the field of juvenile justice, formerly incarcerated young people, the d.a. office
and public defender office and community as whole. here's some statistics. the city spends $13 million a year on juvenile hall. 75% empty. 150 beds total. currently housing 36 juveniles. the city is spending $270,000 per youth. last year in comparison -- and in comparison the state spends a menial $11,500 a year to educate each k-12 student. from july to december only two referrals were made to community programs funded to serve youth that helped keep our youth from incarcerated and custody experience. last month, 90 mental health slots were pulled and services
will end. two-and-a-half years to come up with an alternative is enough time and to get rid of an outdated facility. the legislation will mandate that the board of supervisors close juvenile hall at 375 woodside by december 2021. and instead, develop an expanded array of alternatives to incarceration and a small rehabilitative non-institutional center for young people who can be safely released into the community and must be detained per state law. create a 13-person implementation working group, made up of key city agencies, juvenile justice experts, community representatives and labor that will meet regularly for two-and-a-half years to meet the december 2021 deadline. which is more than enough time
to work together on alternatives to do what our young people need to be successful. conduct a thorough needs assessment of every young person who is being detained. identify what existing programs serving this population of youth needs strengthening and expansion. it includes home options. design and create a small amount of institutional secure center in san francisco for the minority of youth who must be detained as we said before. and create a youth justice reinvestment fund that redirects funds historically allocated for juvenile hall to community based alternatives. the secure youth center and additional mental health and academic supports.
this is the right thing to do for our young people. the rest i submit. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. supervisor peskin is whispering in my ear that he had to stop himself from clapping. i had to stop myself from crying. i don't know that i've ever had the opportunity in my entire life to work on something more important than this. and for the past couple months, working with you, supervisor walton, and you, supervisor haney, and the young women's freedom centre and patty lee at the public defenders office and catie miller at the district attorney's office and j.j. and the youth law center, and c.j., it has been one of the most
extraordinary experiences of my life. i didn't know that much about the juvenile justice system. my chief of staff has been working for a good part of a couple of decades on this issue and has been my colleague for a really long time. and she walked into my predecessor's office about six years ago when we were both legislative aides and said my biggest dream is to shut down juvenile hall. that was after working for a decade on the beat within, and being disgusted on a daily basis. i've always wanted to have her back and make that reality come true, but i didn't know that much about it. it was my area of expertise.
and when the excellent reporting -- i want to give a shoutout to the san francisco chronicle, and jill and joaquim and say that is the type of investigative reporting, that deep dive look into issues that our society is facing and unearthing some of the realities that otherwise might not come in front of some of us. when she and he did that excellent reporting and they called me for a reaction because of the work we had done on making sure that youth who are arrested, you know, get to consult with the public defender to have their miranda rights and have a trusted adult in the room when requested by the police, caroline literally screamed out loud. she said, this is what we needed, this is the spark, we need to start now. and we immediately reached out
to supervisor walton and tracy brown in this office. tracy brown has been doing this work for decades, who lived in -- might be supervisor walton's legislative aide, but she is a leader in the mission and my constituent. we'll have to fight over her. and said you know the chronicle is doing this investigative reporting and we think the time is now. what do you think? and supervisor walton said, this is one of my campaign promises. i've been saying this for years. and we've -- we got to work. i've been through so many battles in the last, you know, 12 years or -- 8 years of so that i've been here at city hall, but i rarely had this set of circumstances where you can make profound change. not just you know, some type of change, but you cannot only impact hundreds and hundreds of
lives of our residents, of our young people right here in san francisco, but you can be the first that is going to do something that is going to catch fire and knock down juvenile halls across the country. because the evidence is clear. all you need to do is read the literature. read the books. the more you look into this, the more you will learn. for those of us who haven't had the personal experience that supervisor walton has, so he knows it in his heart and soul, for those of us who learn it by reading the books, the evidence is crystal clear. the punish-based juvenile hall system does not work. kids come out ten times worse than when they come in. when you learn that we're spending $270,000 per youth on this ineffective broken system, your head goes spinning.
so rarely do i have a chance to come here in city hall and work on a social justice measure where i'm not scrounging, where we going to find the revenue? we're going to have to tax this or take from this program or that. no, we're already wasting $13 million on an intervention that doesn't work. let's just start putting it to work in programs that are proven to work. the very programs that changed our colleague's life. those are the programs that work. we have this opportunity. in addition, we have an embarrassment of riches in our community. look at these four women who have been sitting right there in the front all day long. who have been fighting for this cause for most of their lives. who know this issue inside and out. who have been demanding this change. there are thousands of them and we had a rally today, that if
you weren't there, would have blown your mind. we've been saying this forever, the time is now, shut it down. they're our experts that are going to come to the table and they're going to invent the small rehabilitative alternative that we need for the 10-15 youth at any given time that must be in a secure facility per state law. they're going to invent that alternative. and it's going to be a 100 times better than that old institution that has been failing us for years. finally, i just want to say that i want to thank my colleagues, man. going into this with eight of you? i mean, this is a dream. we're shutting -- we're going to shut down a prison. i don't know that we're ever going to do something so important again in our life. we're going to do it responsibly and without backing down for one second. and the last thing i will say
with all due respect to the mayor, because i do respect her, but when she said on the news this legislation is irresponsible, she could not be any more wrong on that point. this is the responsible legislation. what is irresponsible is continuing to waste $13 million a year on an institution that makes kids ten times worse when they get out. i know she's going to join us when she hears from all the amazing people on her task force. and when they all tell her that we got to shut that thing down. so i just want to thank you all. supervisor walton, working with you on this experience has been one of the best experiences in my life. you are amazing. your leadership has blown me away. i'm so proud to sit on this board of supervisors with you. supervisor haney, i feel the same about you. thank you for leading us and
letting me in on the front lines of this struggle with you. it's changing my life. thank you so much. >> thank you, supervisor ronen. mr. president, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president yee: thank you. let's move on to our public comments. madame clerk. >> at this time the public may address the board on items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board to include the minutes from march 5, item 32, whether or not the board should enter into closed session to confer with or receive advice from the city attorney regarding existing litigation with pacific gas and electric company and items 33-35 on the adoption without reference to committee calendar items. public comment is not allowed when an item has had public comment at a board committee. please direct your remarks to the board as a whole, not to individuals. and the way the board would
appreciate you showing your support for an issue is to show your support of hands, rather than audible sounds of approval. thank you. >> president yee: okay. let's start with the public comments. dr. brown. >> thank you, mr. president. members of the board. ladies and gentlemen. this august i will be privileged to go to ghana, west africa. to head a delegation that will be observing the commencement of the 400th year of the slave trade. men my ancestors were brought
here against their will, but they did not leave in mother africa wisdom. one of the sayings of those persons who were enslaved, was that if you want to go fast, go alone. but if you want to go far, you go together. now i've heard some applause for the measure introduced to close the prison, juvenile hall is not a prison. [bell ringing] it is a facility for juvenile offenders and i must respectfully submit that
you have gone alone. the very man who has done the job to move for the reform, mr. alan nancy, a quintessential administrator, was not even given the respect of having a conversation regarding this measure. [bell ringing] the juvenile justice commission was never engaged together. >> president yee: thank you, finish your sentence. >> i peel to you. -- appeal to you, if we're really serious about reform, get rid of the pronoun i, those, and master that little pronoun, we. >> president yee: thank you.
>> president yee: thank you. next speaker, please. >> as a former member of this board, we'll have more time to deal with the basic issues. who said enough? about this abysmal laws in this town? who is standing up about black people not able to get their fair share of housing in this town? black contractors can't get 2% of the contracts. who is standing up about to thank in this city. we cannot even get the addition. the heritage building in the hands of african-americans.
>> president yee: okay, dr. brown. thank you. >> we have the mission, we have the district. but if you concerned about it, we think -- you need to come together and look up and make a dream team with these black people and really show that you have respect for the work and dignity of the sons and daughters of africa. until then, your whole measure rings hollow. >> president yee: thank you, next speaker. excuse me. >> mr. president, before the next speaker. to the members of the public, if you wanted to show your support, you can use your supportive hands. >> viewer pp.
newsom wants to put in miss his budget $5 million for the homeless. i want to use this as an example to save money and take care of the homeless problem. for example, they're building 144 unit apartment building complex for $56 million. public building complex is 144 units and it's three stories tall. and it only cost $156 million to build. with $500 million with the apartment building complex costing that much money, you could build nine apartment building complexes at $56 million, you could build a 27-story tall, 1 had 44 -- 144
unit complex. you could build a 27 story tall apartment building complex with the amount of apartment units at 144 units, that is a total of 1,296 apartments with this type of money being spent on that type of building complex and having that type of developer do the construction and build the building. it's better, you get more bang for your buck. it's better than a navigation center where you're only servicing 200 people and those people were kicked out of the navigation center and put back on the street. my demonstration flows, in the county of san matteo, they're building 85 units for homeless veterans and people that are
formally homeless and they're spending $57 million for that. >> president yee: next speaker. >> good evening. thank you so much. especially to those that have moved to support walton, haney and ronen on this legislation. my name is corine, i'm a second generation san franciscan and someone who is experienced the juvenile justice system in san francisco when i was a teenager. what is more important is the people that i work for, though. i work on behalf of the young women that have been formerly incarcerated at juvenile hall and around the state of california in facilities that have harmed them beyond comparison. i want to talk about the people who will be impacted by this legislation.
in a good way. right now, we are looking at juvenile hall being filled with population that comes from the three most poverty impacted neighborhoods. hunters point, tenderloin and excelsior. we go out to those communities every week and do community outreach. so we actually know how many young people we encounter that are on probation and experience the juvenile hall system. i want to say that all of them -- some way we've allowed them to talk about how the system impacted them. i just want to say, we don't need anymore data. we have enough data. we actually approached alan nance to talk to him about our
concerns with juvenile hall. i want to say this could not have happened at a better time and we're really grateful you've partnered with community based organizations and community members like myself to shut juvenile hall down. thank you so much. >> i just want to come up and acknowledge and thank the board of supervisors, including the trio who helped have all you all come together to support this legislation. i just want to introduce myself. my name is candy kluane. i am second generation, third generation of incarceration. i don't believe in cages. i understand what accountability is, but what this legislation would do is give redirect peace back to the community to come up with solutions. i believe that we need more indigenous practices in our communities for our young people. my brother is detained right now
at 375 wood street. who is biracial young man. what does he look to represent and talk about the we. there is no we until we all actually stand in solidarity and really be direct and have these community meetings together as a whole. and not have personal feelings involved and really think about the bigger picture and invest in youth. we say that youth is the future. let's mean that, let's do that, let's do right by them. because once upon a time we were all youth and young folks. thank you. >> thank you, supervisors. i'm a third generation san franciscan, but today i'm speaking on behalf of mr. phil kern, who is unable to attend the hearing. he was project manager at jefferson associates, the consultants hired to analyze
program needs in a report, care and treatment of san francisco youthful offenders, which concluded that detention should be dramatically scaled back. he authored the follow-up report for the jefferson associates on deemphasizing detention in favor of treatment. these reports have been heavily cited since their publication and while they're accurate in their predictions, they unfortunately were never implemented. so when we talk about juvenile hall being outdated, it's been yacht dated since the -- outdated since 1950s. so today, mr. kern would like me to express his support for the closing and i would like to support the proposal. thank you so much.
>> mr. president, members of the board, i'm currently a candidate for san francisco district attorney i work as a deputy public defender. i want to thank the sponsors of this legislation. i want to thank the supporting members of the board nair courage. -- for their courage. it moves us a critical step as treating kids as kids. every boy and girl currently detained in our city is a child of promise. has the potential to be a future supervisor walton. if only we would give them the support that we all give our own children. that we are, ourselves, were lucky enough to have. we can do better. this isn't just good social policy. it isn't just as supervisor haney said, the right side of history. it isn't just the moral humane thing to do, but it's going to
save us money and it's going to make us safer. thank you for your leadership. thank you for your vision. >> good evening, supervisors and mr. president. i'm rebecca young. i'm a deputy public defender here in san francisco and i co-chair the racial justice committee for the public defenders office. i have tried cases in juvenile hall. i have visited there many times and as undergraduate at university i brought in art projects to the children locked up. over 30 years ago i was doing that. the children who are in juvenile hall are all suffering from complex trauma. the fact that we as a society feel the need to lock up children who are as young as 11 years old is not the failure of those individual children.
it's the failure of every social structure in this community. i indict the faith community, i indict the parents, the schools and the police department. i have spoken and had many conversations with my clients, minors, who told me about how police provoke. they'll stop them on the street and say, hey, you going to let so and so put that stuff up about you on instagram. did you see what he said about you on instagram? i've not had this with one minor, but several. they start stuff. and so it is failing on so many different levels and i'm going to speak now for doug welch, a public defender who currently work at juvenile hall. he was here until 6:30 and had to leave, but what he told me today, children are being locked up for things like violating
probation for stealing a car. so children are being locked up for simple things. there are many things we can do, if you have the courage to -- [bell ringing] >> president yee: thank you very much. next speaker. >> good evening, president yee, board of supervisors. i want to congratulate supervisor walton, haney and ronen. this is extraordinary in so many ways. san francisco has the opportunity to do the right thing in the right way. and i want to remind everybody that structural racism and institutional racism isn't about one individual. it's about a system that we need to dismantle regardless of the good people working in a system.
it's institutional and we can't forget that. i work with road map to peace and we're always striving to find community based holistic and meaningful programs that work for young people. and we know it's never a one size fits all approach. we need to have multiple silver bullets. we need alternatives for youth. we need to come together in re-imagine, it's not just about closing the juvenile hall, it's about can we re-imagine and what can we do to address the issue of housing crisis for our transitional aged youth? we can deal with the housing crisis. we can deal with strengthening programming for young people that are vulnerable to violence